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By Hugo Williams and Damian Zane

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  1. Scroll down for Tuesday's stories

    We'll be back tomorrow

    That's all for today from the BBC Africa LivePage. Listen to the Africa Today podcast and keep up-to-date with developments in Burkina Faso on the BBC News website.

    Today's African proverb: "A newly arrived chicken stands on one leg in their new home." An Igbo proverb sent in by Nate, Cologne, Germany.

    Click here to send your African proverbs.

    We leave you with this picture of students at a private school in slum area of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, lining up before classes. Their school is defying a government order which requested that all schools close because of an ongoing teachers' strike.

    Students line up for morning parade
  2. 'Blood donated' for Burkina wounded

    Burkinabes in the country's second city Bobo Dioulasso have been donating blood to help those wounded in the unrest which followed a coup last week, according to France 24's citizen journalism programme "Les Observateurs":

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  3. Reaction from the streets of Ouagadougou

    maud jullien in burkina faso

    People in Burkina Faso's Ouagadougou have told the BBC's Maud Jullien, who is in the capital, that they do not support the leader of the country's coup and do not want him in power.

    Click here to watch Maud's video report

  4. Comedian Trevor Noah 'terrified'

    South African comedian Trevor Noah says the prospect of hosting one of the US' most high profile satirical shows is "terrifying", reports the AP news agency.

    In just under a week the 31-year-old will be taking over from Jon Stewart on The Daily Show:

  5. Long queues waiting for Ghana 'corruption film'

    The BBC's Sammy Darko is waiting to see the film by Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, which has sparked a scandal over judicial corruption in the country.

    There are a lot of other people eager to see the premiere and he just snapped this queue of ticket holders waiting to get into Accra's International Conference Centre.

    Long queue of people in Accra

    The people featured in the film have denied the allegations.

  6. Chelsea midfielder hopes for peace

    bertran traore with fabregas

    Chelsea and Burkina Faso striker Bertrand Traore, who featured for the Blues last week in the Champions League, has posted a message of solidarity (in French) to his compatriots via his Facebook page:

    "Thinking a lot about my country! I hope that peace returns to the hearts and minds of everyone! My condolences to the grieving families of those martyred and I wish recovery for those who have been injured! May God Bless the Burkinabe people and the entire nation."

    bertran traore fb post
  7. South Africa appeal after 'genitals found in Danish man's freezer'

    South Africa's police are appealing for information after arresting a Danish man alleged to have kept what suspected to be parts of the genitals removed from 21 women in his freezer.

    Peter Fredekrisen, who owns two gun shops in Bloemfontein, is facing charges including sexual assault, intimidation and domestic violence.

    The 58-year-old allegedly sedated his victims before operating on them, the police said.

    Mr Fredekrisen was not asked to plead at his first court hearing on Monday.

    Peter Fredekrisen
    Image caption: The police alleged that Peter Fredekrisen is wanted by Danish police for illegal dealing in firearms

    Read the full BBC story.

  8. Criticism of West Africa plan

    One of the most controversial aspects of the agreement being discussed in Abuja to end the crisis in Burkina Faso is the offer of amnesty to the coup leaders, according to Cythia Ohayon, an analyst from the International Crisis Group.

    She told the BBC's Focus on Africa radio programme that many people feel that there would be no justice for the trouble caused if an amnesty went ahead.

    There is a danger, she added, that the West African plan will not solve anything.

    Ecowas leaders pictured before meeting
    Image caption: West African leaders are currently discussing the crisis in Abuja
  9. 'Hardly any traffic' on Ouagadougou roads

    It's quiet on the streets of Ouagadougou, according to one independent journalist who tweeted this video taken on Avenue Bassawarga. 

    The road is on the way to the Kossyam presidential palace, where coup leader Gen Diendere held a press conference earlier:

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  10. Money wanted to return Ethiopians

    An appeal to help nearly 400 Ethiopians imprisoned in Malawi to return home has been made by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the AFP news agency reports.

    The Ethiopians have been held for at least six months after being found guilty of entering Malawi illegally.

    Many East African migrants try to pass through Malawi in order to get to South Africa.

    The IOM wants more than $200,000 (£130,000) to fly the Ethiopians home.

  11. Burkinabes await Ecowas outcome

    Laeila Adjovi

    BBC Africa, Ouagadougou

    Despite the passing of a deadline set by the regular army for the junta in Burkina Faso to step down, the head of the army is now saying he is waiting for the outcome of the regional Ecowas meeting in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

    People are glued to the radio also keen to see what the West African leaders have to say.

    This morning many people came out on the streets and went to Revolution Square, but it was surrounded by soldiers who asked people to go home and leave the situation in the army's hands.

    Now the streets are calmer.

    People on the streets of Ouagadougou
    Image caption: People in Ouagadougou are watching and waiting to see what will happen
  12. Support for regular Burkina army

    The BBC team in the capital Ouagadougou have been getting reactions from people on the streets as a stand-off continues, with coup leader Gen Diendere resisting pressure to stand down.

    Here are the comments of two men the team spoke to this morning:

    "We are all really happy about what is going on now because we feel now that Burkina Faso's army is defending us and will continue to. Now the RSP [Presidential Security Regiment - those behind the coup] can't mess with us."

    "We are strongly opposed to an amnesty. I think what they did was despicable and they must face justice."

    Anti-coup protesters sing the Burkinabe national anthem in Ouagadougou,
    Image caption: Anti-coup protesters sing the national anthem earlier today
  13. Burkina army chief 'waiting for instructions'

    Burkina Faso's Army Chief of Staff Pingrenoma Zagre has been speaking to France 24 news, as a stand-off continues after coup leader Gen Diendere's failure to meet an army deadline to stand down:

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    Leaders from the West African regional bloc Ecowas are currently holding an emergency summit in the Nigerian capital Abuja to find a solution to the crisis:

    Burkina Faso's Army Chief of Staff Pingrenoma Zagré
    Image caption: Gen Zagre (L) speaking last week to a member of the presidential guard
  14. Zuma launches fresh inquiry over Marikana

    South Africa President Jacob Zuma has ordered an investigation into "allegations of misconduct" by police chief Riah Phiyega:

    It relates to the 2012 Marikana massacre in which 34 striking miners were shot dead by police.

    An earlier inquiry had criticised the police, unions and mining companies over what happened.

    This new investigation will now, among other things, looking into whether Ms Phiyega "misled" the original inquiry.

    South African policeman
    Image caption: The killings were the worst violence in South Africa since the end of apartheid
  15. Empty streets in Ouagadougou

    The streets of Burkina Faso are quiet at the moment as people wait to see what might happen in the stand-off between the regular army and the soldiers of the elite presidential guard (RSP), which overthrew the government last week.

    The BBC's Charlotte Attwood snapped this picture of the remains of a barricade from an anti-coup protest last night.

    Burnt out remains of a barricade

    Soldiers and civil society leaders have asked people not to go out and protest today.

  16. Burkina Faso presidential guard 'dissolved'

    The speaker of Burkina Faso's transitional parliament, Moumina Cherif Sy, has announced the dissolution of the presidential guard (RSP), which seized power in a coup last week, according to a statement seen by BBC Afrique (see photo below). 

    Mr Sy opposes the coup and declared himself the new leader last week following the detention of the interim president and prime minister.  

    Article 1 of the "presidential decree" issued by Mr Sy (translated from French) reads: 

    "The Regiment of the Presidential Guard (RSP) is hereby dissolved. 

    Article 2: 

    "Officers, junior officers, junior officers, and soldiers of the RSP are now placed at the disposition of the military Chief of Staff. 

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    presidential guards
    Image caption: The presidential guard are the country's elite military unit
  17. Ghana 'corruption film' to be shown

    The film that allegedly shows corruption in Ghana's judiciary by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas is due to be shown for the first time today.

    Mr Anas' report has already led to the suspension of some judicial officials, but the judges mentioned have all denied the allegations.

    A legal effort to stop the showing of the film at a venue in the capital, Accra, has been withdrawn.

    Ticket for the film screening
  18. Burkina Faso coup leader warning

    The coup leader in Burkina Faso Gen Gilbert Diendere has said that he will stick to an agreement made with mediators from the West African group Ecowas.

    But he has missed an army deadline to step down and the general warned that his soldiers would fight back if attacked.

    "We do not want to fight but ultimately we will defend ourselves," Gen Diendere is quoted by AFP as telling a press conference.

    Gen Diendere
  19. Habre trial hears from key witness

    Thomas Fessy

    BBC News, Dakar

    In Dakar, judges at the trial of Chad's former ruler Hissene Habre are now hearing testimony from a key witness, Bandjim Bandoun, who was a US-trained member of the political police.

    He has been described by the Chad's truth commission as one of President Habre's "most feared torturers".

    "I am testifying because what I saw as an agent in the political police has troubled me," he said.

    "When we would open the gates of the prisons, we would see death in the eyes of prisoners."

    Hissene Habre
    Image caption: Mr Habre denies of ordering the killing of thousands of people during his rule in the 1980s
  20. Disagreement in Burkina Faso 'over disarmament'

    The Burkina Faso coup leader Gen Gilbert Diendere has been speaking about why he has not stepped down from power despite an army ultimatum.

    "The disagreement is about disarmament [of the presidential guard]... It's true that we don't want any fighting, but we wish to find a solution that would satisfy all."

    Man in front of closed shop in Ouagadougou
    Image caption: Many shops are closed in the Burkinabe capital as people wait to see what happens
  21. Al-Shabab ivory trade 'exaggerated'

    Mary Harper

    BBC News

    A British think-tank says the links made between the Somalia-based Islamist militant group al-Shabab and the illegal ivory trade in East Africa have been vastly exaggerated, and have diverted attention from the real culprits.

    In a new report, the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi) says sophisticated criminal networks, not militant groups, are responsible for most illicit trade in ivory.

    Al-Shabab does make money from illegal trade, but this is mainly from charcoal and sugar.

    Linking al-Shabaab with the illegal trade has has had two consequences, Rusi says:

    1. A failure to focus on al-Shabab's real sources of funding
    2. Organised criminal gangs manage to get away with breaking the law on the ivory trade.
    Seized elephant tusks
    Image caption: The authorities in East Africa are trying to stop the illegal trade in ivory
  22. Presidential guards 'not panicking'

    Two journalists in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou have been posting about the atmosphere in front of the presidential palace since an army deadline for coup leaders to surrender expired more than two hours ago. 

    Members of the presidential guard (RSP) are reportedly guarding the official presidential residence: 

    The posts (translated from French) read:

    Gael Cogne: 

    "In front of the presidential palace, you couldn't say that the RSP troops looked nervous about an attack".

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    "True true, looking at the RSP troops in front of the Kosyam Palace, you can't sense panic, and they are even allowing themselves a few laughs"

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  23. West African leaders in Burkina Faso talks

    Haruna Shehu Tangaza

    BBC Africa, Abuja

    A closed-door meeting of West African leaders is now taking place in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to look at what should happen in Burkina Faso.

    West African heads of state

    The presidents of Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Niger, Togo, Benin, Sierra Leone, Mali, Liberia, Ivory Coast and Guinea are there.

    Before journalists were asked to leave, Senegal's President Macky Sall outlined what had come out of his talks in Ouagadougou (see 12.55 post).

    Presidents sitting round table
  24. Date set for Pistorius conviction appeal

    Milton Nkosi

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    A date has been set for the state to appeal against the manslaughter conviction of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius.

    The hearing will be on 3 November when prosecutors will argue that they want his conviction to be reviewed and converted to murder, with a minimum sentence of 15 years.

    Pistorius was jailed for five years in 2014 for the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp, a charge equivalent to manslaughter.

    pistorius in court
    Image caption: Pistorius wants to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest

    The Olympic athlete insists he mistook her for an intruder.

    The justice minister blocked his early release in August and a parole board review panel is considering whether to free him.

  25. 'Surrenders among Burkina's presidential guards'

    An independent journalist tweeting from the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou reports that at least 100 troops from the presidential guard (RSP), which led last week's coup, have surrendered at the Lamizana barracks, which is close to the city centre. 

    The reports have not been independently confirmed:

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    In subsequent tweets (click here to read in French), she writes that 10 soldiers from the regular army are now guarding the gates of the Lamizana base, and that a crowd of people outside the camp has welcomed news of the reported surrenders by RSP guards. 

  26. Burkina coup - What West African leaders are discussing

    As the stand-off continues between the regular army of Burkina Faso and the junta leaders, West African heads of state are discussing the crisis in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

    They're looking at the details of a memorandum drawn up by Senegal's President Macky Sall, who held talks in Ouagadougou at the weekend.

    The main points of are:

    • A return to the transitional government
    • Amnesty for the coup makers
    • Presidential elections by 22 November
    • Elections to include members of the former ruling party of President Blaise Compaore

    The amnesty offer has proved contentious for some ordinary Burkinabe citizens.

    Also, people close to ex-President Compaore - who was overthrown after he tried to extend his rule - had previously been excluded from the electoral process, so this would be a change in how the transition was seen.

    President Sall and Gen Diendere
    Image caption: President Sall held talks with the coup leader Gen Diendere at the weekend
  27. Nigerian Senate president granted bail

    Nigeria's Senate President Bukola Saraki has pleaded not guilty to 13 charges, including false asset declarations and failure to declare a loan, relating to when he was governor of Kwara state.

    The chairman of the code of conduct tribunal in the capital, Abuja, has granted bail to Senator Saraki.

    Senator Saraki leaving court
  28. Burkinabes 'feel betrayed by coup deal'

    Maud Jullien

    BBC Africa, Ouagadougou

    Negotiations between the Burkinabe army and the coup leaders which took place overnight have now stalled and there's now a lot of uncertainty as to what could happen next.

    An army ultimatum for the head of the junta Gen Diendere to step down has expired, and there's a fear on the streets of the capital, Ouagadougou, that there could be clashes between rival factions in the army.

    Many people here have been telling me that they feel betrayed by the agreement brokered by the regional group Ecowas. They say that it favours the coup leaders as it gives them an amnesty.

    Protesters holding up a Burkinabe flag
    Image caption: Ordinary citizens are concerned about what could happen next
  29. Coup leader 'will retaliate if attacked'

    Multiple local journalists in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou are tweeting lines from a press conference held this morning by coup leader Gen Gilbert Diendere. 

    The tweets (translated from French) read: 

    "Gen Diendere announced this morning that negotiations are ongoing, and that they [the presidential guard] will retaliate if attacked."

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    "Gen Diendere held a press conference this morning. He said he did not want bloodshed but would defend himself if attacked." 

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  30. Still waiting for agreement in Libya

    Rana Jawad

    BBC News, Tunis

    The UN representative to Libya Bernardino Leon has said the wording of a deal to create a unity government has been agreed and it is up to the political factions from the two parliaments to "approve or not approve".

    The announcement came a day after intense meetings with some Libyan representatives following another missed deadline for the signing - it had been hoped that would take place last Sunday.

    Mr Bernardino is effectively offering a take it or leave it deal now, although he did this in July as well.

    Bernadino Leon
    Image caption: Bernardino Leon has been brokering talks on Libya for months
  31. Burkina talks stall over future of presidential guard

    Maud Jullien

    BBC Africa, Ouagadougou

    A Burkinabe military official told the BBC that talks aimed at peacefully disarming the military unit behind the coup in Burkina Faso stalled last night.

    He said the country's military chief of staff offered security to the troops who were responsible for the coup in exchange for their surrender but coup leader Gen Diendere refused to continue talks.

    He said the general "wants a fight".

    Anti-coup protesters sing the Burkinabe national anthem in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, September 22, 2015
    Image caption: Anti-coup protesters have been on the streets of Ouagadougou, but civil society leaders have now told them to go home
  32. 'Return home' call in Burkina Faso

    A radio station in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, is tweeting that civil society activists are calling on people to return home.

    A deadline for the coup leader to step down has now passed, but it is not clear if Gen Diendere has left power.

  33. Streets deserted near Burkina presidential palace

    The street leading up to the presidential palace in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, is deserted.

    It was at the palace that the coup leader Gen Diendere is thought to have held a press conference.

    The BBC's Charlotte Attwood said two soldiers stopped her vehicle from getting through.

    Deserted street in Ougadougou
  34. President of Nigeria's senate in court

    The president of Nigeria's senate, Bukola Saraki (seen in the centre of the picture), is in court today in Abuja facing 13 counts which include false asset declarations and failure to declare a loan, all of which he denies.

    Sentate president smiling as a colleague shakes hands in court

    The trial by the code of conduct tribunal relates to what happened when Senator Saraki was governor of Kwara state between 2003 and 2011.

    He had failed to turn up on two previous occasions.

    He says that his decision not to attend the tribunal before was based on legal advice pending a challenge to the tribunal's jurisdiction in the Federal High Court.

  35. Coup leader 'still in charge'

    A Reuters journalist in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou says that coup leader Gen Gilbert Diendere has not stood down, despite the deadline set by the national army expiring a few minutes ago:

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  36. Burkina deadline expires

    The 10:00 GMT deadline for the coup leaders to surrender has now passed. 

    It is not clear whether the Burkina national army will launch an attack on the presidential guards who staged a coup last week. 

    The BBC correspondent in the capital Ouagadougou has been tweeting about talks between coup leader Gen Gilbert Diendere and the military:

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  37. Deadline set to expire

    It's five minutes till the expiry of a 10:00 GMT deadline set by Burkina Faso's national army for coup leaders from the presidential guard to step down.

    An independent journalist has been tweeting photos from Dassasgho, which is in the east of the capital Ouagadougou. 

    She says people have been applauding the armoured vehicles as they go by:

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  38. West African leaders to meet

    Presidents from West Africa's regional group Ecowas are due to meet at 10:00 GMT in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, today to discuss the crisis in Burkina Faso.

    Senegal's President Macky Sall will brief them on the outcome of talks that he held with the coup leaders in Ouagadougou at the weekend.

    An army deadline for the junta to step down is approaching, but leader Gen Gilbert Diendere says he wants to wait until the outcome of the Ecowas meeting.

    Macky Sall
    Image caption: President Sall was in Ouagadougou at the weekend
  39. Doping ban for Algeria's Belaili

    Algerian international Youcef Belaili has been handed a two-year ban for doping according to the country's football federation.

    The test was taken after he played for his club USM Alger in an African Champions League tie on 7 August.

    Read the full BBC story

  40. 'Crowds gather' in Burkina

    An independent journalist in the capital Ouagadougou tweets this update from the scene (translated from French): 

    "Residents are assembling at Revolution Square. The army is calmly appealing to people to leave."

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  41. Burkinabe footballer in peace call

    Burkinabe footballer Mohamed Koffi who plays for Egyptian side Zamalek made his own statement about the situation back home after a match in Cairo last night.

    El Zamalek"s Mohamed Koffi from Burkina Faso shows a message that reads "Peace for Burkina Faso" after winning their Egyptian Cup finals derby soccer match against Al Ahly at Petro Sport stadium in Cairo
  42. Tension as Burkina Faso deadline looms

    The BBC's West Africa correspondent has been posting developments about coup leader Gen Gilbert Diendere, as the 10:00 GMT deadline from the army approaches:

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  43. Going undercover trending in Ghana

    The Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas is due to show his film today in which he claims to have exposed judicial corruption.

    His allegations have led to the suspension of some of the judges implicated. They have denied the accusations.

    But his findings have been challenged and there's a court case to try and stop the showing of the film going ahead.

    The journalist was seen last week arriving at a court hearing with his face covered:

    Anas arriving at court

    And now the fashion appears to have caught on with people posting photos of themselves in similar disguise on Twitter using #IAmAnas.

    Photo of man with face govered

    These people are dressing like Mr Anas to symbolise a stand against corruption, reports the BBC's Sammy Darko in Accra.

    Man with face covered

    Even presenters of a morning TV show copied the trend:

    TV presenters - one with face covered
  44. Burkina Faso coup leader apologises

    The leader of last week's coup in Burkina Faso Gen Gilbert Diendere has said he's sorry for what's happened in the wake of the overthrow of the government.

    "Given what happened, the damage that followed this crisis, I think apologising was the least we could do," he told the BBC.

    "I don't think it is a problem to ask for forgiveness."

    He's now facing a deadline to step down, but said he would only do so once regional leaders endorse a plan including an amnesty for the coup plotters.

    They are due to meet in Abuja today.

    Gen Gilbert Diendere
    Image caption: Gen Diendere took power last week
  45. 'Hundreds of poachers killed' in SA park

    Former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has said that armed rangers in South Africa's Kruger National Park have killed nearly 500 mostly young Mozambicans for poaching activities over the past five years, Reuters News agency reports.

    Poaching gangs are usually heavily armed and rangers in Kruger, which shares a porous, 350km (210 mile-) long border with Mozambique, are allowed to open fire if threatened with lethal force, it reports.

    Rhinos resting in Kruger National Park south africa in August 12 2014
    Image caption: In recent years Kruger National Park has had to recruit more guards to protect rhinos against illegal poaching

    Mr Chissano, whose foundation is involved in conservation, said 82 Mozambican poachers had been killed in Kruger Park so far this year, compared with 106 during the whole of 2014, without citing the source for the figures, Reuters adds.

  46. Coup leader speaks

    The general who temporarily seized power last week in Burkina Faso has been speaking to the BBC from a secret location by telephone, following the announcement of his intention to hand power back to civilian authorities.

    General Gilbert Diendere said he was only prepared to step down once West African leaders endorse key provisions of an agreement negotiated during the weekend.

    He said these include an amnesty for the elite presidential guards involved in last Thursday's coup, and elections by November:

    "I don't think we are there yet, we haven't finished discussions, we have to implement [the agreed] decisions which will be decided at [today's West African] summit then we will see if I have to leave [the country] or stay."

    He said he thought he was seizing power for the good of the country but he was wrong.

    People celebrated in Ouagadougou after news that Gen Diendere would hand back power
    Image caption: People celebrated in Ouagadougou after news that Gen Diendere would hand back power
  47. Burkina Faso deadline

    Burkina Faso's army has given the leaders of last week's coup until 10:00 GMT to step down otherwise it says it will launch an assault.

    The interim government was overthrown by members of the elite Presidential Guard - seen as loyal to the previous President Blaise Compaore who was ousted in a popular uprising in 2014.

    But the army has insisted that the interim President Michel Kafando be returned to power ahead of elections next month.

    One sticking point may be whether or not the coup leaders get an amnesty, reports the BBC's Abdourahmane Dia.

    Read the full BBC story

    Anti-coup protesters sing the national anthem in front of the residence of the traditional leader Mogho Naaba in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
    Image caption: Anti-coup protesters were on the streets of Ouagadougou on Monday evening.
  48. Wise words

    Today's African proverb: "A newly arrived chicken stands on one leg in their new home." An Igbo proverb sent in by Nate, Cologne, Germany.

    Click here to send your African proverbs.

  49. Good morning

    Welcome to the BBC Africa Live page where we'll be keeping you up-to-date with news developments across the continent, especially the events in Burkina Faso.